By Keith Idec
LOS ANGELES – Vanes Martirosyan has heard and read plenty the past two weeks about Gennady Golovkin’s future fights.
Will Golovkin face Canelo Alvarez next in the rematch that was supposed to take place Saturday night in Las Vegas? Or will the unbeaten middleweight champion chase the one title he doesn’t own by boxing WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders?
Or make a mandatory defense of his IBF belt against Sergiy Derevyanchenko? Or fight Daniel Jacobs again? Or Jermall Charlo, the mandatory challenger for Golovkin’s WBC title?
All that speculation has made Martirosyan realize just how much he has been overlooked entering his 12-round, 160-pound fight against Golovkin. Martirosyan promised Friday following their weigh-in that none of that chatter will matter come Saturday night.
“[I’ll] be a nightmare, show I’m a nightmare and ruin all plans,” Martirosyan said after making weight at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. “Whatever plans he has are gonna be ruined.”
From Martirosyan’s viewpoint, all the pressure is on Golovkin as they moved toward their HBO “World Championship Boxing” main event Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California (11 p.m. ET). Most Internet sports books have installed Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) as at least a 30-1 favorite over Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KOs), who has moved up from the junior middleweight division for the 32-year-old contender’s first fight in almost two years.
“It’s no pressure,” Martirosyan said. “I mean, the fans know their stuff. They know what’s gonna happen. They’ve seen the best of me. They’ll see the best of me Saturday night. It’s a nightmare. I know what I’m going up against, but you guys don’t know me. You guys will know me Saturday.”
The 36-year-old Golovkin – a Kazakhstan native who resides in Santa Monica, California – will try to tie Bernard Hopkins’ middleweight record by making a 20th consecutive title defense against Martirosyan.
Golovkin has made 19 straight defenses of the WBA middleweight title he won in August 2010. He’ll also defend his WBC and IBO championships against Martirosyan, who’s 0-2 in 154-pound championship matches.
“It’s my time,” Martirosyan said. “It’s my time. You know what I mean? It’s my time and I’ll make it happen.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.